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Lyle Denniston Leaving SCOTUSBlog

Lyle Denniston

A true legend in legal journalism is moving on.

SCOTUS Rules DUI Blood Tests Require Search Warrant, But Breath Tests Do Not

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The Supreme Court balances the Fourth Amendment against public safety concerns and, for the most part, gets it right.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Based College Admissions Program

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In a somewhat surprising opinion from Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions program.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Leaves Obama’s Immigration Relief Plan Blocked

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Thanks to a 4-4 tie, President Obama’s temporary immigration relief program remains blocked by a Federal Court Injunction.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

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The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

What To Do About The ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist?

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Stopping the next Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Syed Farook, or Omar Mateen is likely to be a lot more difficult than the politicians on either side of the aisle are leading us to believe.

SCOTUS Declines To Review Case Challenging New York, Connecticut Gun Control Laws

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Continuing a pattern that began six years ago, the Supreme Court has again declined to hear an appeal in a case involving a challenge to state gun control laws.

Latest SCOTUS Rumor: Clarence Thomas Might Resign, Or Maybe Not

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Clarence Thomas is the latest Supreme Court Justice to be the subject of retirement rumors. You should treat these rumors skeptically.

Bernie Sanders Blames Guns for Orlando Nightclub Massacre

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“Common sense” measures and the worst shooting spree in American history.

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

50 Dead, 53 Injured In Attack On Orlando Nightclub

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An overnight shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida has left 20 people dead and at least 42 injured.

Court Of Appeals Rules 2nd Amendment Does Not Guarantee Right to Carry Concealed Weapons

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deals a setback to the gun rights movement.

Federal Trial For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Set For November

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It won’t be a very good holiday season for Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof.

No, Judge Curiel Has Not Demonstrated Bias Against Donald Trump In His Rulings

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Donald Trump has claimed that the Judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuits is biased against him, but there’s absolutely no evidence to support this argument.

On Donald Trump’s Contempt For The Rule Of Law And Freedom Of The Press

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Donald Trump’s open contempt for the Rule of Law and Freedom of the Press should disqualify him from being considered an acceptable candidate for President.

Federal Court Declines To Rehear Case Ruling In Favor Of Transgender High School Student

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The Fourth Circuit has declined to rehear a case in which a three judge panel sided with a transgender student seeking to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

Today in “Unclear on the Concept”

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The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM):  Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. […]

Texas, Ten Other States, File Suit Over Federal Transgender Discrimination Guidelines

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A group of states led by Texas has filed a suit in response to new guidelines from the Federal Government regarding the rights of transgender students.

Federal Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof For Charleston Shootings

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Following in the footsteps of state prosecutors, Federal prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Criminal Charges Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed To Trial, Pennsylvania Judge Rules

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A Pennsylvania Judge ruled today that there was sufficient evidence against Bill Cosby to allow the sexual assault charges against him to proceed to trial.

Second Freddie Gray Trial Ends In Acquittal Of Baltimore Cop

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An acquittal in one of the six Freddie Gray cases, but not an unexpected one.

Tom Brady, N.F.L. Players Association To Seek Review Of Appeals Court Deflategate Decision

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Deflategate isn’t over yet and, depending on what happens in the Courts, could still be unresolved at the end of the N.F.L. season that begins in September.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

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Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

Federal Court Finds Portion Of Administration’s PPACA Subsidy Funding Unconstitutional

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A Federal Court has ruled that the Administration violated the law when it spent funds allocated under the PPACA for purposes other than those authorized by Congress.

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

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No trial for Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Robert Dear, at least not for now.

Federal Government, North Carolina, File Competing Lawsuits Over State’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

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The political fight over North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill” has moved to the Federal Courts.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’ Aimed At Transgender Americans

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Surprising results from a new poll regarding “bathroom” bills and transgender Americans.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended From Office Again

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been removed from office again.

Moore Suspended, Faces Removal from Office

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Via AL.com: Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with […]

Time For The Senate GOP To Give In On Merrick Garland Nomination?

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With Donald Trump now confirmed as the GOP nominee, some conservatives are suggesting that the Senate GOP should just give in on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Bob McDonnell’s Appeal

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s fate lies the hands of the Supreme Court.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Voters Don’t Seem To Care About The Political Fight Over Vacant Supreme Court Seat

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It may be the talk of Washington, but the political fight over Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat does not seem to be something voters care very much about.

Appeals Court Reinstates Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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A Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the four game suspension imposed on Tom Brady over the so-called ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights To 200,000 Ex-Felons

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In a huge step forward for criminal justice reform, Virginia’s Governor has restored voting rights for some 200,000 people who have paid their debt to society.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

New Jersey Judge Rules Ted Cruz Is A “Natural Born Citizen”

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A New Jersey judge, along with a Judge in Pennsylvania, is among the first to rule on the meaning of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause.

Connecticut Judge Allows Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit To Proceed, For Now

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A Connecticut Judge has allowed a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the weapons used in the Sandy Hook Shootings to go forward, but a Federal Law appears to make dismissal inevitable.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

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Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

New England Patriots Fans File Frivolous Lawsuit Against N.F.L. Over Deflategate Sanctions

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A group of New England Patriots fans are providing us with the latest example of stupid lawsuits that don’t belong in Court at all.

‘Panama Papers’ Claim Prime Minister Of Iceland As First Victim

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One down. How many more to go?

Supreme Court Rejects Effort To Narrow Meaning Of ‘One Person, One Vote’

With surprising unanimity, the Supreme Court rejected an effort to restrict the meaning of ‘one person, one vote’ in legislative redistricting.

Leaked Documents Reveal International Web Of Hidden Assets, Secret Bank Accounts

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A treasure trove of documents from a law firm in Panama could prove problematic for a large group of international leaders.

Two Republicans Backtrack On Support For Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

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Two Republicans who broke with their party to support hearings for Judge Merrick Garland have changed their minds and gotten back in line with the Senate GOP Caucus.

Supreme Court Rules Against Seizure of Property Needed To Pay For Defense Counsel

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A victory in the fight to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

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The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Against Reporter

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The 2016 Campaign just keeps getting weirder.

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